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Body of missing toddler found in Lagos shrine – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Evelyn Usman, Emmanuel Agha & Medina Bayagbon

LAGOS—The lifeless body of a four-year-old missing child was, at the early hours of yesterday, found close to a shrine at Iwaya area of Lagos, with her throat slashed.

The toddler, Farida Ayomide Suleiman, who was suspected to have been used for ritual at the shrine, was last seen on Tuesday in the company of her siblings, going to a mosque around the area.

Form the mosque, they were said to have gone to a family friend’s house.

The shrine

However, apprehension set in when Ayomide was discovered to have disappeared, a development that led to a search around the area.

Hours later, an alarm raised by the girl’s mother alerted tenants of 28 Ogbe Close, who discovered the body of her missing daughter behind her window where the shrine is located.

Parents, 8 others arrested

Briefing journalists on the incident, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the scene, said 10 persons, including parents of the deceased toddler, are in Police custody.

Owoseni said: “The DPO of Sabo Division alerted me at the early hours of this morning (yesterday) that a couple came to the station to say that their missing child’s body was found behind their window, near an Ogun shrine, with her throat slashed.

“I was at the scene till 4a.m. with detectives. We have recovered the corpse and also saw the tool with which she was murdered— a knife.

“Ten persons, including parents of the deceased, have been taken into custody for interrogation. We are not saying categorically that they killed the child; the shrine has been in the compound for years.

“If there is no conspiracy of silence, the tenants would have known that sacrifices have been going on in the shrine.

“The owner of the compound was worshipping in the shrine before he died. After his demise, we gathered that people used to come to worship at the shrine.”

Mother’s story

When Vanguard arrived the scene, it was observed that the building has been condoned off by policemen even as the occupants have fled.

The bereaved mother, Mrs Bunmi Suleiman, told Vanguard: “When news of her disappearance reached me, we started looking for her. At about 8p.m., I went to the back yard to fetch water for ablution before going to pray.

“That was when I noticed something on the ground, which I thought was a bucket of water. But when I flashed my torchlight, I discovered to my astonishment that it was my daughter. I screamed; my husband rushed out and alerted other tenants. We rushed our child to the hospital, where we were told that she had died.

“We moved into the compound three years ago. We usually see people coming to worship at the shrine, but never have we seen nor heard that they sacrificed human beings in the shrines. What they use as sacrifice are dogs.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), a man and a woman came with a chicken to sacrifice on the shrine. They called one of the children to help them kill the chicken, but he refused. By the time the third child refused, they left only to come back at night to use my child to replace the cock that was to be used for sacrifice, with her blood spilled in the shrine.

“I don’t know those who usually come to worship here. After the death of our landlord, his children worshipped at the shrine, but they do not live here; they only come to collect house rent from us.

“Other people also come to worship and leave. There is no particular person that says at the shrine.”



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Police confirm killing of 16 people in Borno triple suicide attacks – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The Commissioner of Police(CP), Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident to news men in Maiduguri.

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The Borno State Police Command has said that 16 people were killed in Konduga town of the state when three suspected suicide bombers attacked a livestock market by detonating their strapped Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) on Tuesday.

The triple market bomb blasts also injured 82 traders and passers-by who have been taken to Maiduguri hospital for treatment.The state’s Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who confirmed this yesterday in a text message sent to The Guardian, said that 16 people were killed and not 27 as reported in other media on Tuesday.

Chukwu said the police had deployed personnel of the Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) to sanitise the affected area.Konduga Local Council headquarters, 40 kilometres from the state capital, had been attacked by Boko Haram insurgents for over two dozen times to infiltrate Maiduguri metropolis.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, has extended condolences to the government and Nigerians for the loss of lives during Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Borno State, wishing speedy recovery to those injured.

Guterres, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, reiterated the UN solidarity and support to fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

He also condemned the series of terrorist attacks in Borno State and called for swift justice on those responsible for the repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries.He, however, renewed the UN commitment in supporting efforts within the framework of the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

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TSA saved government N56.4b overdraft charges in one year, says AGF – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

Accountant-General, Mr Ahmed Idris

The Federal Government and its agencies saved at least N56.4 billion from overdrafts in the last one year through the application of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who provided the figure, explained that before the implementation of the TSA, the Federal Government was incurring on a monthly basis a minimum of N4.7 billion from overdraft charges by banks when the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over draw their balances held in the different bank accounts.

Idris made the disclosure yesterday while reviewing the public financial management reforms with particular reference to the TSA implementation and its benefits to government organized for stakeholders in Abuja.

His words: “TSA has enabled us to make tremendous gains to the Federal Government and to the Nigerian economy. We have successfully eliminated multiple banking arrangements resulting in consolidation of over 20,000 bank accounts which were spread over deposit money banks across the country. This has further brought about transparency and effective tracking of government revenues. It has also led to the blocking of leakages and abuse, which characterised the public financial management before the implementation of the TSA.

“TSA has taken us out of the era of indiscriminate borrowings by MDAs and saved government the charges associated with those borrowings which hitherto amounted to N4.7b monthly.’’

Idris explained that the withdrawal of the fund from banks had made it difficult to impose charges on Federal Government funds as the government now maintains a single account for all its agencies with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The AGF stated that through the policy, the government has been able to block leakages and abuse which had characterised the public sector before its commencement in September 2015.

“I can therefore confidently assert that TSA has been beneficial to all stakeholders and the country as a whole,” he insisted, pointing out that the workshop is part of efforts to increase the level of consciousness on why the Federal Government deemed it necessary to carry out the public finance management reforms.

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Nigeria police, judges highest bribe-takers, says UN agency – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has come a revelation that about N400 billion is spent on bribes each year in Nigeria.

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From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has come a revelation that about N400 billion is spent on bribes each year in Nigeria.This was contained in a report presented to the public yesterday at the stakeholders meeting to mark the end of the agency’s five-year project on corruption in the country.

Although there is still a controversy over this report, it has highlighted the problem corruption poses to development and the need for the government to do more to tackle it. According to the report, which covers between June 2015 and May 2016, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary are the highest receivers of bribes.

The survey titled, “Corruption in Nigeria – Bribery: Public Experience and Response” was presented in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). It was conducted in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Police officers are the type of public officials to whom bribes are most commonly paid in Nigeria. Of all adult Nigerians, who had direct contact with a police officer in 12 months prior to the survey, about 46.4 per cent paid that officer at least one bribe.

“Although fewer people come in contact with judiciary officials than with police officers over the course of the year, when they do, the risk of bribery is considerable. The prevalence of bribery in relation to prosecutors is the second highest, closely followed by judges and magistrates.

“The experience of corruption in encounters with public officials whose duty it is to uphold the rule of law can lead to the erosion of trust in public authority”, the report held.

In her remarks, the country representative of UNODC, Cristina Albertin, said that the fight against corruption in the country must be in line with the rule of law, human rights and evidence-based policies.

According to her, until offenders are punished accordingly by necessary authorities, and leaders begin to walk their talk, Nigerians might not see the change they eagerly await.Her words: “What matters at this point when the project comes to an end is where we stand now and what needs to be done next. Let me be very clear; while we share all pride and happiness about the result achieved, Nigerian citizens expect eagerly, changes – that offenders be punished properly, that public systems work for them, and that we walk the talk.”

Also, Special Assistance to the President on Prosecution and chairman of the recently inaugurated Public Property Recovery Committee, Okoi Obno-Obla, blamed increase in corrupt practices on successive governments’ lack of political will to address the menace with the urgency it deserved.

According to him, past governments could not implement existing anti-corruption acts because they stipulate life jail and various degrees of punishment for defaulting public officials.He stressed that in spite of the report findings, which observed that about N400 billion is given as bribes each year, the current administration has done so much in the fight against corruption.

Obno-Obla said the committee on recovery of public property would resume work soon and that it had the power to fight corruption.In a reaction to the report, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Isiaka Olagunju said it could not be correct. He described it as a careless statement.

“How did they know that it was N400billion? That is an assumption and highly speculative. I consider that there are some bad eggs in the judiciary but notwithstanding, we still have some brilliant minds, who are men and women of integrity.

“For them now to say the judiciary is the highest bribe-taker is very unfortunate and actually insulting. It is not true. We are not saying that every thing is perfect, everybody is doing the best to ensure that all is well. For them now to say the judiciary is the highest bribe-taker, how many lawyers have they seen or arrested or convicted on corruption?” he said.

Also, a source within the Nigerian Judicial Commission (NJC), who would not want to be quoted, described the claim as a figment of UNODC’s imagination. The source, who cautioned against unsubstantiated allegations, asked what facts and figures were before the UN agency to prove its claims.

According to the source, a formal statement might be made by the NJC, when it gets a copy of the report.“I know it was based on the raid of judges last year but what is the number of judges that are corrupt when compared to the number of judges in the country?” the source queried.

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Avoid hate speech, Bolanle Ambode tell Corp members – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

WIFE of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has charged corps members posted to the state, to be security conscious and  avoid hate speeches.

She gave the admonition at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Batch A, Stream II corps members, deployed to the state for the mandatory one-year national service.

Mrs. Ambode noted that the founding fathers of the NYSC did a great job of establishing the scheme that brings corps members of diverse socio-cultural, political, economic and religious background together, for the main purpose of promoting peace, unity, discipline and leadership qualities.

According to her, “Till date the NYSC scheme remains relevant and the most skilled youth organization in the country, sought after by most establishments to partner with because of its relevance and capacity to disseminate and implement government policies and programmes in nooks and crannies of the country”.

The governor’s wife who expressed satisfaction with the level of comportment of the corps members, also advised them to always obey camp rules and avoid travelling without authorization as required by camp regulations.

She said, ‘I wish to assure you of your safety in Lagos State and the warm reception by the good people of Lagos State. The State government takes the security of corps members and the citizenry as top priority’.

Security consciousness

Mrs. Ambode who spoke glowingly about the markets and tourist sites in the state also said: ‘I am sure you will want to go round and visit some of those places within your host communities during your service year.

“I will, however, admonish you to remain security conscious at all times and avoid leaving the camp or travelling without the approval of the managers of the scheme’.

She implored them to continue to uphold the ideals upon which the scheme was founded, urging them to also pay attention to various camp activities like capacity-building lectures, skill acquisition/entrepreneurship trainings and others, as they would find them useful in future.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, disclosed that the orientation course which started sixteen days ago, had a total of two thousand, seven hundred and fifty eight corps members.

According to him, the orientation camp remained a ground for corps members to discover and showcase their in-born talents, as well as an enlightenment forum on how to be relevant and make a living out of such talents.

Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf other corps members, Mr. Kelani Omowunmi, appreciated the governor’s wife for seeing to their welfare and assured that all that had been learnt at the camp would be put to great use.

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